8 Reasons Why Teams Consistently Lose
1. Lack of Clarity
It’s fuzziness. It’s an uncertain answer to the question of who you are, what you do, and why you do it. Your goal should be unity; ONE team, ONE dream, ONE system. People are drawn to clarity and simplicity. ‘Less is more’ remains my mantra. One beauty that can come from the disappointment of losing is that you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction.
2. Lack of Confidence
You have smart and capable players and coaches that have had success in the past. But your team lacks the fire of confidence. It is learned, it’s a skill. Study confident players and confident teams. Begin to celebrate the simple things you do well.
3. Lack of Competence
What do you have to learn (or unlearn) to reach your potential as a team? Study successful programs. Be fanatical about the basics. In football, for example, if our team can’t tackle NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!
4. Lack of Commitment
Laziness and apathy are not a trait, they are a state. I’ve seen athletes go from uninspired to totally motivated in 24 hours. Sometimes it’s triggered by a significant emotional event, and sometimes it’s triggered by a person. A total turn around in commitment requires leadership. A coach, a player, somebody needs to step up and be the spark that ignites the hearts of others.
5. Lack of Consistency
Why is it that certain teams always seem to make the playoffs? Is it the water they drink? Or is it the consistency of their ‘system’. Winning becomes a habit, and unfortunately, so can losing. If you’re consistently losing, its time to create a standard of excellence. Decide what your rituals, routines and culture will be. Have a plan and then live by it. Be predictable.
6. Lack of Community
If you’re spending time with people that don’t support you, or criticize and doubt your efforts, it’s time to say ‘good-bye’ and move on. A positive community of parents, coaches, fans and players could be the biggest thing necessary to get your program back on track. If it seems that the outside world is against you, then cherish the relationships inside the locker room as your source of camaraderie and belief.
7. Lack of Coaching
Players need tough love and instruction, but they also need someone who is in their corner, who believes in them. Players need trusted mentors. The classic phrase, ‘people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’ will never change. When players know that their coach has their back, they will crawl over broken glass to perform at their best.
8. Lack of Courage
In today’s culture it seems the prevailing thought is to create change with little baby steps. This is fine in some cases, but if you are always taking ‘baby’ steps, your team goals will always stay in their ‘infancy’. There has to be a level of ‘leaping’ in our lives. Boldness, determination, appropriate courage. If your team is struggling, you better get more courageous and find a new fire that wakes you in the morning committed and disciplined. Courage, like confidence and achievement, is learnable.
These 8 challenges can be overcome. If you have a willingness to examine your current system with total honesty, you are half-way there. A problem or weakness identified is the first step to re-building something tremendous.